August was the reading month I was both most looking forward to and kind of nervous about. Excited because I knew I had a week off to just spend reading, and nervous because I had a TBR of 7 books for the NEWTs readathon.
It turns out I had nothing to worry about. I managed to finish the NEWTs readathon within the first 3 weeks (surprisngly)! I thought I’d put together a wrap up post as I managed to read more than my initial TBR!
For the NEWTs, I managed to read seven books, as mentioned previously. The first book I read was The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary. I listened to the audiobook of this and I loved it!! The dual perspective was brilliant and the idea that two people shared a flat and a bed but didn’t meet for so long was so interesting. I loved the characters and I just had a good time listening to this book!
Then I read An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. After reading Sorcery of Thorns I was really excited to read this book but honestly, I was a little disappointed. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the storyline; it had some good points but it wasn’t my favourite, I also don’t really like insta-love, so that put me off a little. I enjoyed the book enough, but it just wasn’t the perfect book for me. This book is so short but it took me so long to read as I wasn’t itching to pick it up every day, I went a few days in between reading it at some points.
Next I listened to the audiobook of Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I’d heard such great things about this book/series and I couldn’t wait to find out what all of the hype was about. I loved it. I thought the writing was great, I loved the setting and the story, and I really liked the characters. Darrow was a great protagonist and I’m really eager to read the rest of the series over the next few months!
I then read a novella, so it was a nice short read (which helps a lot in a readathon). The novella I read was Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor, a novella set between Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters. I read the rest of the trilogy earlier this year and was looking forward to reading something that focused on one of my favourite characters from the trilogy: Zuzanna. I really enjoyed this novella and it was a nice little quick read.
My next read was another short one: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab, the first graphic novel set in the Shades of Magic world. I really enjoyed this graphic novel, and it was a good first-graphic-novel for me to read! I loved the artwork in this graphic novel so much, and I loved reading Maxim’s backstory!
I listened to another audiobook next, and another sequel: The Wicked King by Holly Black. I read and enjoyed The Cruel Prince earlier this year, and was looking forward to reading the sequel (especially with the third book coming out later this year). As much as I didn’t like Cardan, I couldn’t wait to see what happened. I listened to this book in one day whilst I cleaned the entirety of my flat! I really enjoyed it.
Next up was a reread: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. I loved this book when I was younger, and I still love it now. It was another quick read for me, only taking me a day or so. I’ll probably be posting my full thoughts on this as part of my Rereading Old Favourites series, so keep an eye out!
Then I had two 3 hour train journeys in a day, so of course I had to take a book with me. I chose to take The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. I flew through this book. I read it ridiculously fast! I read another of Ruth Ware’s books not too long ago (In Dark Dark Wood) which I enjoyed but I definitely preferred The Lying Game. It had everything I wanted in a mystery book, and kept me guessing right up until the last page!
I decided that August was the best time to reread Nevernight by the fabulous Jay Kristoff. I love this series and I’m so excited for Darkdawn‘s release next week!!!! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!
Again, I found another Ruth Ware book, The Turn of the Key and read it in one afternoon. I couldn’t put this book down either! I didn’t realise how fast I was reading it!!
That’s all I managed to read for August, but I think 10 books is pretty good going, considering I work full time as well. I can’t wait for all of my most anticipated books to come out next month (next week!!!) and to finally read them.
This month also marked the one year anniversary of this blog, and I just wanted to say once again: thank you. Thank you so much for following me and my bookish ramblings this past year. Here’s to the next.
What did you read last month? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!